: made of or resembling tortoiseshell especially in mottled brown and yellow coloring
: of, relating to, or being a color pattern of the domestic cat consisting of patches of black, orange, and cream
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Animal: Marbles, a 1-year-old, 6-pound, female domestic shorthair cat with a muted tortoiseshell coat.—Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 Available in everything from black to tortoiseshell to bright red, there’s a pair to match just about any mom’s style.—Terri Peters, Parents, 9 Nov. 2023 That footage forms the basis for a virtual Sakamoto with the same neat silver mop of hair and round tortoiseshell eyeglasses as the living Sakamoto.—Sasha Frere-Jones, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2023 This front porch setting leans rustic, but accents of pewter, seasonal china, and even tortoiseshell flatware elevate the table.—Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 29 Sep. 2023 Made of lightweight plastic, the link chains measure 54 inches and come in black, lavender and tortoiseshell as well as in gold metal.—Rudie Obias, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Sep. 2023 The brush is made of Italian acetate available in a range of patterns and colors like tortoiseshell, terrazzo, and pistachio.—Quincy Bulin, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Sep. 2023 Indian cobra candlesticks, paned Peruvian mirrors, ivory and tortoiseshell boxes, and 18th-century Milanese cabinets all sit comfortably with his own designs—updates of British country-house upholstery and Spice Route furniture.—Stephen Pappas, ELLE Decor, 25 Aug. 2023 That practice has given Cates, who is 60 and wears tortoiseshell glasses, a rare perch to watch the economy’s ups and downs firsthand.—Michael Grabell, ProPublica, 3 May 2023
For example, the luxe coat CBK is donning in this image is black, but her headband and sunglasses are tortoiseshell.—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 17 Oct. 2022 The Telegraph reports: The tortoiseshell and white cat spends its days pacing from room to room, rarely spending any time with patients except those with just hours to live.—Smriti Rao, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2010 Here, a simple black coat over a white tee is elevated with a pair of sleek frames, the warmth of her tortoiseshell headband, and her fuzzy scarf.—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 17 Oct. 2022 Her accessories included a caramel-toned shoulder bag by Prada and a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses from British eyewear brand DMY.—Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Oct. 2022 Her mother was a housewife who, in the poems, sometimes wields a tortoiseshell hairbrush as a weapon of punishment.—Sam Anderson, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2022 Accessories included tortoiseshell sunglasses from British eyewear brand DMY and a caramel-toned shoulder bag by Prada.—Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Oct. 2022 This best-selling pair features a tortoiseshell color that will work well with practically any wardrobe.—Samantha Lawyer, Woman's Day, 17 Aug. 2022 Her accessories included tortoiseshell sunglasses and a beige leather shoulder bag from The Row.—Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 July 2022 See More
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